When one is in the market in search of a new truck or car whether it is used car or not, he/she need to understand that, a good test drive is very important in getting the best value for a car. You should be able to differentiate clunkers from keepers and find a reliable, safe used car. Below are some tips on how to test drive a car or truck.
You should be open-minded always. You must be in a position to walk in that place unprejudiced and unbiased. Keep all your analysis, as objective as you can, so that you can leave that place with a good idea of what that car/truck has to offer. You need to forget that your father was a big fun of Ford and you are test driving a Chevy. You just need to consider what is best for you and your family.
Ensure you set clear benchmark. One need to set their own personal benchmarks. Sometimes someone may not be sure of which car model he/she is interested in or what type he requires. However, that is not a huge deal. In fact, it is ok for someone to be torn apart between different cars. All one needs to do is start test driving a lot of cars as he/she can possibly can. This will enable him/her get a feeling of what he/she likes and what is going to be good for him/her.
A pre-inspection is very important. Take that car and inspect under the hood. You should know that you have all the right to inspect it as much as you what. In case, you smell some type of overpowering smell, which could probably mean a big trouble check for any poor/bad maintenance signs. You should not hesitate to thoroughly check the transmission fluid and oil, and looking for low or dirty levels. Do not be embarrassed by getting on your back and looking under the car. Make sure you check those belts and hoses for any cracks. It is obvious everyone wants to be absolutely sure that they are getting a good truck/car, so check even the tires. In other words, just ensure you look at all the stuff, which is important.
Taking notes is very important. Ensure you take all the notes concerning the ride, comfort of the car, get a feel of the steering, note any noises, how do the tires look like, how the brakes work and anything else which you may think is important. This will definitely help you get a good sense of what the truck or car has to offer.
Try to be very consistent. You should know that you are the test instrument. Therefore, try as much as possible to drive as you normally would. Take the car and drive it for some miles on the road. You should also take your time. Do not get pushed by anyone into anything you are not ready for. No matter what, do not settle for a very short test.
Have a second opinion either from your friend or family member. You should also take it to your trusted mechanic for thorough inspection as well. It is always good to have a second opinion.